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2019 NHL Draft Preview

By HockeyNow on January 24, 2019

Now that we are well into the the 2018-2019 NHL season and the race for the Stanley Cup has ensued, we are getting head of ourselves and thinking about the 2019 NHL Draft.

 

Many online sportsbooks will have odds on the Draft as we get closer to June. Bodog is one of the best NHL betting sites, you can find a comprehensive Bodog Review here.

The Entry Rules Recap

The fine tuned details have been adjusted and played with over the years, but the jist of it for the 2019 draft remains the same. All of the teams that miss the playoffs are immediately qualified for the lottery on the Top Three picks. The teams with the least amount of points traditionally get more ‘weight’ in their probability. However, the four lowests teams actually get a reduced chance (this may be to keep teams from tanking). So, the sweet spot would be the teams with the 5th and 6th fewest points.

 

The first three overall picks are lotteried out by ping pong balls and after that, the remaining teams are sorted by points up to the 15th pick. Any tiebreakers will be decided by the number of regulation overtime wins and then move on to head-to-heads.

 

The next tier of picks goes to the teams that made the playoffs, but did not win their divisions and excludes non-division winners if they made it to the conference finals. Again they are sorted by points. After this, the draft moves on to non-conference final division winners, who fill out the draft picks up to No. 27. No. 28 and No. 29 go to the two teams that made the conference finals but did not advance. The Stanley Cup finalists receive picks No. 30 and 31, whith the final pick going to the Champion.

Likely Draft Order

Most mock draft algorithms have the Colorado Avalanch taking the No. 1 pick overall followed by the Los Angeles Kings. Then you can get created with the order of No. 3, 4, and 5 but the Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Redwings feature prominantly in most mock drafts around No. 3 and 4. And the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, and Philadelphia Flyers could all be jockeying in the mix to flesh out the Top-5 as well.

Bottom Three in Standings (at time of writing)

In the Atlantic Division the Ottawa Senators have just 19 wins and 26 losses. So they are rock bottom in the division. The Detroit Red Wings are second worst at 19-25 and the Florida Panthers are third at 20-20

Over in the Metro the Devils are 18-23 to take the chair on the lowerst tier of their division. The Flyers are second worst at 19 wins and the NY Rangers have fallen to third worst … though they are still above .500 at 21-20

 

Out West in the Central Division, its the Blackhawks, Blues, and Avalanche who are taking up all of the space at the bottom of the barrel. Chicago has is a miserable 18-34, the Blues are 21-22, and the Avalanche are 22-19.

 

The Pacific has the LA Kings firmly on the bottom. At 20-26 they are 5 points behind the Oilers and six behind the Coyote and are sandwiched between the Blackhawks and the  Devils & Senators as the third worst in the league.

Top Prospects

Whether the Kings or Avalanche get the No. 1 pick, pretty much everyone agrees that Jack Hughes, the young Center is going to go No. 1 overall. And Kaapo Kakko, the young Left Winger out of Finland will go No. 2. After that, it gets a little more sketchy depending on who gets the third pick. It could be Kirby Dach or Vasili Podkolzin … Possibly even Dylan Cozens.

 

No matter what the order, these are likely to be the top 5 to go in the 2019 NHL draft.

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By HockeyNow| January 24, 2019
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